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Research Committee

Terms of Reference

To oversee, in accordance with the policies determined by the Board of Directors, the research activities of the Society. To consider other matters of a research nature which concern mathematics and/or the Society.

General

A member of the Research Committee will be appointed to be responsible for the soliciting and refereeing process for the Society's Prize Lectureships. A member of the Research Committee will also be appointed to be the Chair of the Doctoral Prize Selection Committee. The organizers of CMS conferences are accountable to the Board of Directors. The Research Committee, however, is not accountable for the actions of an organizer.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To encourage and promote a varied and high quality programme of research activities.

  2. To review proposed changes in research activity policy.

  3. To recommend to the Board the implementation of new policies with respect to the various research activities.

  4. To ensure that conferences held under the auspices of the CMS are conducted in accordance with the regulations and policies of the CMS and, if applicable, those of other granting agencies.

  5. To solicit proposals for sites for Society's semi-annual meetings through the CMS Notes, cmath and elsewhere, as appropriate.

  6. In consultation with the President and the Executive Director, determine the sites for the semi-annual meetings and ensure that a formal invitation to the host university/department is issued by the President of the CMS.

  7. To advise the Executive Committee on the appointment of the Meeting Director for each semi-annual meeting. In consultation with the Meeting Director and the Executive Director, to ensure that a Local Organizer is appointed to the Meeting Committee.

  8. In consultation with the Meeting Director, to review and approve the core research sessions and plenary speakers for each semi-annual meeting.

  9. To solicit proposals for additional research sessions for the Society's semi-annual meetings through the CMS Notes, cmath and elsewhere, as appropriate.

  10. In consultation with the Meeting Director, to review the additional research sessions for each semi-annual meeting.

  11. To provide the Meeting Director with assistance including applications for funding from the host university and from other sources (additional support from the institutes [if appropriate], outside agencies, corporations, etc.).

  12. In consultation with the Meeting Director and the Executive Director, and subject to the support received from the institutes or other sources, to review the budgetary aspects of the Society's semi-annual meetings and make recommendations as necessary.

  13. To review the scientific and budgetary requirements of other meetings or conferences in which the CMS participates.

  14. To review the draft budget for the Operations Fund (Research Division), including registration fees, and make recommendations as necessary.

  15. To review documents related to the CMS meetings and to make recommendations as necessary.

  16. To review the general funding of the Society's research activities.

  17. The Jeffery-Williams Prize was inaugurated to recognize mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research. The recipient shall be a member of the Canadian mathematical community. A nomination can be updated and will remain active for three years. The first prize was awarded in 1968.

    The Coxeter-James Prize was inaugurated to recognize young mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research. Nominations may be made up to ten years from the candidate's Ph.D. The recipient shall be a member of the Canadian mathematical community. A nomination can be updated and will remain active for a second year unless the original nomination is made in the tenth year from the candidate's Ph.D. The first prize was awarded in 1978.

    The Krieger-Nelson Prize was inaugurated to recognize outstanding research by a female mathematician. The recipient shall be a member of the Canadian mathematical community. A nomination may be updated and will remain active for two years. The first prize was awarded in 1995.

    1. To appoint a member of the Research Committee to be responsible for the soliciting of nominations and for overseeing the selection process for the Society's Prize Lectureships. The Research Committee may wish to solicit nominations from departmental chairs. In the ``Call for Nominations'', an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae will be requested where available. The deadline for nominations shall be June 30th.

      Nominators should request at least three referees to submit letters directly to the Chair of the Research Committee by September 30th. Some arms length referees are strongly encouraged and nomination letters should list the chosen referees.

    2. To select the candidate for each prize lectureship at least 12 months in advance of the meeting at which the prize lecture is to be given.

    3. To communicate the Committee's decision and the total number of nominations, together with appropriate biographical and citation material, to the President and to the Executive Director. The President of the CMS writes the official letter to the selected candidate. The Chair will also informally notify the recipient unless it is more desirable that this is done by the President. The recipient is to be advised that the decision is to remain confidential until the Society officially releases the name of the recipient.

  18. The CMS Doctoral Prize was inaugurated to recognize outstanding performance by a doctoral student who graduated from a Canadian University. The first award was presented in 1997.

    1. To appoint a Doctoral Prize Selection Committee (DPSC) as a sub-committee of the Research Committee consisting of four members, each for two-year terms. The Chair of the DPSC is to be a member of the Research Committee but the other three members of the DPSC need not be members of the Research Committee.

    2. In cooperation with the CMS Executive Office, to produce bilingual promotional materials related to the CMS Doctoral Prize and ensure that appropriate information is distributed and that calls for nominations appear in the October, November and December issues of the CMS Notes (with January 31 as the deadline for nominations).

    3. Nominations are limited to doctoral students who graduated from a Canadian University in the preceding year (January 1 to December 31). Nominations that were not successful in the first competition, will be kept active for a further year (with no possibility of updating the file) and will be considered by the Doctoral Prize Selection Committee in the following year's competition.

    4. To receive copies of all nominations and to select the recipient for the CMS Doctoral Prize at least six months in advance of the meeting at which the Prize will be presented. To communicate the Committee's decision, together with appropriate biographical and citation material, to the President and to the Executive Director. The President of the CMS writes the official letter to the selected candidate. The Chair will also informally notify the recipient unless it is more desirable that this is done by the President. The recipient is to be advised that the decision is to remain confidential until the Society officially releases the name of the recipient.

    5. In consultation with the Executive Office, to arrange for the Prize to be presented at the CMS Winter Meeting and to also consult with the Chair of the Programme Committee for the recipient to present a plenary lecture.

  19. To report to the Board on the Society's various research activities.

Membership

1 Chair + 5 members
  + President's delegate (ex-officio)


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